Photo Essay: Improving Community Health Services in Madagascar.
Through its programs, JSI supports the strengthening and expansion of well-coordinated client-oriented maternal health services, and works to increase the ability of the public and private sectors to provide and finance such services.
While shaped to the context of each country, JSI addresses the causes of high maternal mortality and morbidity through an approach that is based on the following principles:
- Engage local health systems, and promote stewardship from countries’ health authorities to promote sustained interventions. Capacity building is the core of all our work because it enables countries to maintain their health gains and spread successful interventions across the system.
- Enhance health system performance, including that of health works so that they are able to handle complications that arise during childbirth, including emergency obstetrics and newborn care (EmONC).
- Strengthen links between communities and the formal health system by soliciting community input on quality of care, identification of barriers to seeking health care, the design of referral systems, and shaping demand for maternal health care.
- Ensure that all women have access to the full continuum of care, including quality antenatal and postnatal care, and provision of family planning counseling and contraceptives.
- Promote and implement evidence-based, cost-effective, and culturally appropriate interventions.
To learn about ongoing maternal health work, read staff posts on JSI's blog, The Pump.
Through IFHP Plus, JSI is improving maternal and child health and increasing the availability and quality of services, products, and information, and strengthening the national health system to support local health needs.
The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes local task forces in rural Ethiopia that work together to identify and overcome obstacles to maternal health initiatives in their communities.
JSI introduced international best practices for improving access to, and use of, high quality reproductive, maternal, and child health services in targeted federal districts in Russia to decrease maternal and infant mortality.
The Targeted States High Impact Project enlists religious leaders to promote healthy behavior in their communities; The Quran is used to teach healthy mothering practices, like breast feeding and allowing at least two years between pregnancies.
JSI built the capacity of the health system, fostering a community-based approach and an environment of increased awareness and informed decisionmaking across all levels of the health system, to ensure a continuum of care for mothers and newborns.
Family-centered maternity care interventions supported by the Maternal and Child Health Initiative raise the standards of delivery room practices in Russia.